For Renters

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

Since 1995 the City of Encinitas Housing Authority has operated a Section 8 Program. The funding for this program comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is administered by local housing authorities. The Section 8 Program offers rental assistance to very low-income Encinitas households through a voucher-based program.

Due to limited funding, and increased need, this program has a very long waiting list, and therefore cannot provide immediate or emergency assistance. If you do not live or work in Encinitas, we can refer you to another Housing Agency.

Rental Assistance Application

For more information, please contact: (760) 633-2723

Housing Authority Information

The City of Encinitas Housing Authority was created in 1995, and is comprised of the City Council and two tenant Commissioners. The Housing Authority is the advisory and decision making board to Housing Authority Owned properties as well as the Section 8 Rental Assistance Program.

For more information on meeting dates and agendas, please visit the website:  City of Encinitas Housing Authority

Public Housing Agency Plan

The Encinitas Housing Authority receives federal funds annually for its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. As such, it is required to prepare and approve a five-year Public Housing Agency (PHA) Plan in order to continue receiving federal housing funds for its use in providing assistance to residents. The PHA Plan identifies the mission, housing needs, and goals for the City of Encinitas Housing Authority over the next five-year period.

The FY2015-2020 Public Housing Agency Plan was available for public review and comment from February 6 through March 22, 2015.  The five-year period is July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020.

The Housing Authority Board approved the FY2015-20 Plan on March 25, 2015. View the Agenda Report.

FY2015-20 PHA Plan

Administrative Plan for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

Housing agencies administering Section 8 Programs must adopt a written Administrative Plan that establishes local policies for administration of the program in accordance with HUD requirements. The Encinitas Housing Authority Board of Commissioners first adopted its Administrative Plan on June 22, 1994.

Section 8 Administrative Plan

Affordable Apartments and Homes

The City achieves affordable housing units in a variety of ways, such as providing assistance in the development of the units, or as a result of local or state requirements. The units are often located in communities, where there is a mix of affordable and market rate units, and are not guaranteed to be affordable for everyone.

Due to limited availability and increased need for affordable housing, each of the apartment communities typically has a waiting list. The following table shows the City’s affordable apartments. Interested households are encouraged to contact the communities individually to determine the eligibility criteria and waitlist information.



Number of Affordable Units



Contact Information

Cantebria Senior Apartments

645 Via Cantebria


1 Bedroom

50% AMI

(760) 436-1989

Encinitas Heights

1100 Garden View Rd


1, 2, & 3 Bedroom

50% & 80% AMI

(760) 635-3760

Iris Apartments

639-643 N. Vulcan Ave


2 & 3 Bedroom

30% - 60% AMI

Su Casa Apartments

620 Melba Rd


1,2 & 3 Bedroom

60% AMI

(760) 436-3209

Esperanza Garden Apartments

920 Regal Rd


2, 3, & 4 Bedroom

80% AMI

(760) 476-9860

Pacific Pines Apartments

S. El Camino Real


1 & 2 Bedroom

50% - 80% AMI

(760) 591-9737

Manchester Apartments

2074 Manchester Ave


2 Bedroom

60% AMI

(760) 212-4737

Second Street Apartments

850-856 Second St.


1 & 3 Bedroom

65% AMI

Boathouse Apartments

730 Third St


Studio & 1 Bedroom

50% & 80% AMI

(760) 436-5700

AMI = Area Median Income. Income limits are published annually by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


New Affordable Housing

In addition to multi-family affordable units, occasionally, affordable homes are available for rent as a part of a new subdivision. Typically, these are single-family homes that are made available through the City’s inclusionary housing program or the State’s Density Bonus housing program. Within the program requirements, the developer performs the marketing, establishes the rent price, creates and maintains an interest list, and determines qualified applicants. The City performs an oversight role in ensuring compliance of the affordability requirements. The table below provides information on rental affordable housing opportunities that may be available in the near future. As new projects and/or contact information becomes available, this table will be updated.


Number of affordable units

Estimated project completion




Contact Information